Welder Graduate Research Fellowship

Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Oct 1, 2020

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

Minimum GPA: 3.0

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The Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation's graduate research fellowship program was initiated in 1956. The program is designed to promote the education of exceptionally qualified students and provide research information to manage wildlife populations. The scientific breadth of the program is suggested by the academic units of previous fellowship recipients, among them: animal behavior, biology, botany, conservation education, ecology, genetics, mammalogy, ornithology, parasitology, range science, veterinary pathology, and wildlife sciences.

Fellowships are awarded directly to properly accredited U.S. colleges or universities for bona fide graduate students who are approved candidates for M.S. or Ph.D. degrees after project proposals have been submitted to and approved by the Foundation. Academic institutions are responsible for the competitive selection and supervision of fellowship recipients, subject to Foundation approval. Students working on or near the Refuge are provided dormitory apartment living quarters, utilities, office space, computer access, and such field and laboratory facilities as are available.  

Scholarship stipends for full‐time students are $1600.00 per month for M.S. candidates and $1800.00 per month for Ph.D. candidates.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Studies are limited to the continental United States.  
  • Students must have a GPA of 3.0/4.0 and a combined verbal and analytical GRE score of 300 or above.  
  • This award is directed to graduate study at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels only.
  • The Foundation will entertain research proposals in the following areas of study:
    • animal behavior
    • biology
    • botany
    • conservation education
    • ecology
    • genetics
    • mammalogy
    • ornithology
    • parasitology
    • range science
    • veterinary pathology
    • wildlife and fisheries sciences.
  • Scholarship stipend can cover living costs, tuition, fees and books. 


  • All other things being equal, priority is given to (in descending order of priority): 
    1. Studies already in progress which need to be extended into or through the coming year.
    2. New studies which would be initiated on the Foundation Refuge or within the south Texas region.
    3. Proposals having to do with problems or species in which we have a special interest because of its relationship to our area or on which we have done some work previously.   
    4. After consideration of the above three criteria and if funds remain, we then take into consideration projects originating elsewhere within the continental U.S. and those making the greatest contribution to wildlife management in general.


  • Students may not hold graduate or teaching assistantships or other employment while receiving a Welder scholarship.